Fiorentina manager Vincenzo Montella has today dismissed claims that his star man Juan Cuadrado will be moving on from the Viola in the final weeks of the transfer window.
The 26-year-old Colombian winger a target of both Manchester United and Barcelona, was thought to be close to the exit door after being left out of Fiorentina's squad for the recent 2-1 friendly victory over Real Madrid in Warsaw.
However, Montella has been quick to reassure fans that he is confident of holding onto his star man.
Speaking to La Nazione, he said of the player: "I have never thought of losing Juan. He's been here in the past, he is here now and he will be here in the future."
It remains to be seen whether Montella's comments will deter Cuadrado's pursuers. After all, Manchester United's opening day defeat to Swansea has reiterated the fact that Van Gaal's side needs major restructuring. What's more, Barcelona's manager, Luis Enrique, has today announced that he would like to keep spending.
He said: "I'm not saying it's closed. Not me, nor anyone at the club. You always look to strengthen and you always have to be the strongest."
Cuadrado managed an impressive 15 goals in 43 appearances for Fiorentina last season. Yet, many will remember him more closely for his performances in the recent 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil where he finished with four assists, tying with Germany's Toni Kroos as assist leader.
As he is contracted with Fiorentina until 2017, Cuadrado's market value is thought to be close to the £30 million mark.
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